Lonesome Ace Stringband Steer Their Ship Toward A More Americana Heading With Brand New Album, Try To Make It Fly

Article Contributed by IVPR | Published on Friday, October 13, 2023

Lonesome Ace Stringband’s new album Try To Make It Fly marks not only a reinvigorated, live-on-stage sound for the band, but also a brave foray into more Americana-leaning songwriting, and for the first time, an album full of original songs. With Try To Make It Fly, the acoustic power trio of John Showman (fiddle), Chris Coole (clawhammer banjo), and Max Malone (upright bass) use their already-beloved chemistry and musicianship to steer their ship into a whole new, unexplored musical world. “It felt like a place where we could be ourselves as writers and craft music that would fit the genre regardless of what we found ourselves writing about lyrically,” says Showman.

Fans can now stream or purchase Try To Make It Fly by following this link and make sure to check out the band’s music videos for album tracks “The Echo,” “Praying For Rain,” and “Smoke On The Shoulder” at their respective links. Lonesome Ace Stringband are back on the road next week with a run of dates through the Northeast and Midwest States before their tour takes them across the entirety of their home country of Canada. Tour dates can be found below or at lonesomeace.com/shows.

Try To Make It Fly Tracklist:

Sweeter Sound

Praying For Rain  

You’ll Be There

First Frost/Blue Grouse

Midnight Band

Come With Me Tonight

Simply Going Sideways

Crossing The Junction/Deer River

Smoke On The Shoulder

The Echo

Country Mile

Lonesome Ace Number 1

Catch Lonesome Ace Stringband On Tour:

Oct. 18 - Cambridge, MA - Club Passim

Oct. 19 - Exeter, NH - The Wood Barn

Oct. 20 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Caffe Lena

Oct. 21 - Brownfield, ME - Stone Mountain Arts Center

Oct. 22 - Greenfield, MA - Hawks & Reed

Oct. 23 - New York, NY - City Vineyard at Pier 26

Oct. 26 - Oberlin, OH - Music at Riverdog

Oct. 28 - Manitowoc, WI - Sabbatical Brewing Co.

Oct. 29 - Holland, MI - Park Theatre

Oct. 30 - Ann Arbour, MI - The Ark

Nov. 1 - Toronto, ON - The Tranzac Club

Nov. 22 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society

Nov. 23 - Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment

Nov. 24 - Red Deer, AB - The Velvet Olive

Nov. 25 - Calgary, AB - Foothills Bluegrass Circle Music Society

Nov. 27 - Missoula, MT - Longstaff House

Nov. 29 - Sisters, OR - The Belfry

Dec. 1 - Portland, OR - McMenamins White Eagle Saloon & Hotel

Dec. 2 - Seattle, WA - Ballard Homestead

Dec. 3 - Victoria, BC - Victoria Event Centre

Dec. 4 - Vancouver, BC - The Anza Club

Dec. 5 - Oliver, BC - The Oliver Theatre

More About Lonesome Ace Stringband:

Masters of their trade, The Lonesome Ace Stringband bring grit, skill and abandon to Americana music, bridging old-time, bluegrass and folk traditions into a seamless hybrid of original material that is at once fresh and timeless. Instrumentation alone sets this Toronto-based trio’s sound apart: consisting simply of fiddle (John Showman), clawhammer banjo (Chris Coole), and upright bass (Max Malone). The spine-tingling harmonies and interchanging lead vocals only bring more magic to the equation. They’ve become festival favorites at Rockygrass, Celtic Connections, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Merlefest, and regularly tour the USA, UK, Germany, and, of course, Canada.

With more than a decade of group music-making under their belts, they’re releasing their fifth album, a feisty and mighty collection of all-original material titled Try To Make It Fly on October 13, 2023. Call Lonesome Ace Stringband whatever genre you want - they are just unorthodox enough to be brilliant.